11.03.2009

NY Times Hit Piece On Rep. Alan Grayson. I Think Not.

The title of the piece by David Herzenhon should tell you all you need to know: Alan Grayson, the Liberals’ Problem Child.

Problem child?

I think not.

Look at this attempt to drag down Rep. Alan Grayson:

Mr. Grayson could be the latest incarnation of what in the American political idiom is known as a wing nut — a loud darling of cable television and talk radio whose remarks are outrageous but often serious enough not to be dismissed entirely. Mr. Grayson is the more notable because he hurls his nuts from the left in a winger world long associated with the right.

That might just be the point. House Democratic leaders publicly frown on his behavior and have urged him to tone it down, saying he contributes to an atmosphere of incivility. But the incivility is no accident; nor is the bluster. Such antics are often quickly rewarded in the media-crazed wrestling pit of American politics. One talked-about TV appearance leads to three more; every quotable outburst is a potential pitch, spread instantly by YouTube and blogs to an eager audience that can cheer by way of campaign donations made with the click of a mouse.
Wig nut? Why? Because he dares rip into the rethug establishment actual nutters like the ones beltway bloviators like Herzenhon try to protect?

I think not.

As James Carville state so eloquently (I know!):
“There is always a feeling among liberals, a psychology that we are too apologetic; we see six sides to the Pentagon,” said James Carville, the Democratic operative and commentator, who met Mr. Grayson in a CNN studio shortly after the “die quickly” speech in Congress.

“He was smart; he’s not just a crank,” Mr. Carville said. “He wanted to be anything but an apologetic, ‘if I said anything that offended anybody’ kind of liberal.” Mr. Carville added that party leaders will view Mr. Grayson as a “torpedo” they can deploy, especially if Democrats lose important governors’ races this week.

“We need guys like that out there,” he said.
Grayson explains the difference between someone like him and the completely deranged, paranoid, anti-social neurotic Michele Bachmann:
“What they have done on the right is make people fearful and make people divided,” he said. “What I have done is call out the Republicans for having no solutions to American’s problems. There is a sort of core element of truth that makes what I do effective.”
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